Carmelo Anthony: Knicks don't need negativity from Phil Jackson

SACRAMENTO — If there was any doubt, Carmelo Anthony cleared the air Friday and acknowledged that his Instagram posts a day earlier about checking egos and equating the abuse he receives to that of Muhamad Ali, were indeed about Phil Jackson and the team president’s recent criticisms of Anthony’s ball hogging.

And more than anything, the Knicks star is confused about his boss’ timing.

Carmelo Anthony says he doesn’t know where Phil Jackson’s comments are coming from.

Carmelo Anthony says he doesn’t know where Phil Jackson’s comments are coming from.

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“At the end of the day we’re playing good basketball,” Anthony said. “That’s the only thing that matters at this point. So any negativity that’s coming towards me or towards the team, I don’t think we need it at this point.”

On Tuesday, Jackson went on CBS Sports Network and commented on Anthony’s tendency to hold the ball too long. Anthony was unaware of the critique until following Wednesday’s game against the Cavs and sent out two Instagram posts essentially saying he feels targeted and is not going to fire back.

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Jackson and Anthony have previously butted heads during their tenure together, and haven’t spoken about the current problem.

“I didn’t talk to him so I don’t know where he was coming from with those comments,” Anthony said. “If he wants to talk about it, cool. If he don’t, cool. In my eyes it’s over.”

“I feel like we’re playing good basketball, and just to have a temporary black cloud over our heads,” he said. “I don’t know when the comments were made or the gist of them, I just know something was said.”

Anthony said his choice of Instagram quotes — including “EGO is the only requirement to destroy any relationship. So, be a BiGGER person, skip the “E” and let it “GO” — captured his feeling organically.

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“I’m a big quote guy so there’s a million quotes in my phone. Sometimes it just pops up at the right time.”

Jackson did not travel with the team to Sacramento but may meet the Knicks at their next stop in LA. Anthony said his contact with Jackson has been limited this season, but previously they’ve always had open door policy.

“My conversations with management is limited at this point,” he said. “I’ve decided to focus on what I focus on and let them focus on what they focus.”

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